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Poster: quigs Date: May 22, 2009 5:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: how about...........

Seriously, does anyone know if The Saint film series is available? Just asking, I am not hopefully yanking anybody' chain. Just curious.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: May 22, 2009 6:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: how about...........

Had a look in to this. All 8 RKO ones with George Sanders, Lewis Hayward and Hugh Sinclair were renewed and are now owned by Turner Entertainment. It seems that they are unavailable because the literary rights included TV but not a future technology clause so every time they are re-released on a new format new negotiations have to be entered into. All 8 films were released on Video in the late 90s on a limited time basis. Turner Entertainment would have to renegotiate with the literary estate of Leslie Charteris to put them out on DVD and I suppose they don't see a market.

That said there are probably some bootleggers who carry the titles and they may be available in markets were the films are PD.

There is also one made by Hammer Films in 1953 w/ Louis Hayward (The Saint Returns) If it wasn't for GATT this film would be PD.
Notice of intent to enforce a copyright restored under the Uruguay Round...
Title appears in Document: List of Titles"
Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V8000P598
Date of Recordation: 1996-01-31
Entire Copyright Document: V8000P598 (Single page document)
Title: Notice of intent to enforce a copyright restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Notes: Adventures of Dick Barton & 103 other works. Motion picture. Filed for all rights.
Owner: Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.. Millennium Studios; Elstree Way; Borehamwood, Herts. WD6 1SF. PHONE: 181-207-4011. FAX: 181-905-1127.
Author: Exclusive Films, Ltd.
Date of Publication: 1996-05-01
Links: List of Titles

Names: Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Exclusive Films, Ltd.

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Poster: quigs Date: May 22, 2009 9:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: how about...........

Thank you Video Cellar for looking into this. It is something
TCM runs both P.D. films (I.E The Scarlet Pimpenel and Things to Come) as well as Non P.D. films (The Saint films) and lays claim to both.